Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Zealand: A man is dead - Rest in peace Arun Kumar.

The New Zealand Herald reports

Fatal stabbing: Boys charged

                                                                                    My friend Arun.

A 13-year-old boy has been charged with murder over today's death of Auckland dairy owner Arun Kumar.
I have known Arun for about two years I met him in the course of business, in some ways he was quite a traditionalist. He wanted to meet you if you wanted to get his business. I laughed when he told me that over the phone and responded that we had met quite a few times. That was the only time I can ever remember Arun being on the back foot,it last about two seconds while he digested the fact that I bought my cigarettes from him if I need some and was in the area. He told me I should drop by soon and buy some more from him. I did on my way to " she who must be obeyed's" ( SWMBO )place that night. It was the start of a valued friendship.
Mr Kumar, 57, was allegedly stabbed in the neck during what police described as an aggravated robbery at Railside Dairy in Henderson.

Two boys, aged 12 and 13, were being spoken to by police this afternoon.

Police tonight said the 13-year-old had been charged with aggravated robbery and murder. The 12-year-old had been charged with aggravated robbery.

Both boys had been placed into the custody of a secure Child Youth and Family facility overnight, ahead of their court appearance in the Waitakere Youth Court tomorrow, police said.

I am finding it very difficult to keep in mind that these thugs are kids.

Police arrived at the dairy on Great North Rd around 7:30am, Detective Inspector Bruce Scott told a media briefing at Waitakere Police Station this afternoon.

Ambulance staff gave assistance but Mr Kumar had suffered a wound in his neck and died at the scene. Mr Kumar's wife was with him at the time of the attack and was unharmed, police said.

How awful. 

Mr Scott said police had gathered CCTV footage from the dairy and nearby shops and were speaking to witnesses.

"There's quite a few people out and about at 7:30," he said.

He urged anyone else who was in the area at the time to contact police.

People at Mr Kumar's home in Henderson this afternoon said the family were too upset to speak to media.

Nearby shop owners described Mr Kumar as a "really nice guy"who was well known to other shop owners in that section of the street.

Arun's business is located very close to an African hairdressing business who are friends of SWMBO so we are frequently in that area. Arun if he didn't have customers to serve was often outside on the pavement, he liked people and enjoyed " chewing the fat " from my perspective this was fantastic, rather than hanging about listening to to the women speaking Swahili I could walk down the road a few meters and set the world to right with Arun and his ever changing audience who shared English as a common language. Interestingly a lot of African guys seemed to find it a convivial place to wait and many of them spoke Swahili.

Lawyer Bernie Allen, from a nearby law firm, said he always bought his supplies from the dairy, and staff were shocked by news of the stabbing.

"They were the most beautiful couple you could ever meet," he said of the Kumars.

"We're feeling deeply for his wife. It's too early to understand it all but we feel like our precinct, our people, have been violated."

He described the incident as inexplicable.

"I'm deeply saddened by it."

Many many people will be. SWMBO was very upset at the senseless killing of in her words " a very kind man ".

The area had some youth problems, Mr Allen said, but "not like this; this is not normal".

He described Mr Kumar as "the quiet one", and his wife as a bubbly, outgoing lady. They were well known in the area, a busy section of shops and businesses, he said.

"They served us wonderfully and it will not be the same with him gone."

I wouldn't have described Arun as quite in fact I would have described his wife as quite. One of the funniest moments I can recall with Arun was when I walked into his shop with three new product lines, he calculated the margins ( in his head I needed a calculator to confirm them ) and told me they would work if our recommended retail price could be achieved and then tried to give me a pie and a can of coke. Given that they were new untried product lines and he was placing a small order the pie and coke would have cost him about 15% of his profit margin it wasn't a lot of money but.... His wife just looked at us and rolled her eyes.

John Tuapiki, who lives close by, went to the bakery next door to the dairy about 6am, before the shop opened, but didn't see anything unusual.

He was shocked to learn of Mr Kumar's death.

"He was a good man, a really good man. He would help the street kids, he would give drinks out, and bits and pieces, and when you get money you just go back and pay him, that's how good he was. He'd look after everyone."

Arun was pussy cat. He pretended to be a tiger with suppliers at least, he would negotiate deals with me that gave him a few extra cents on the margin and then when the deal was agreed throw away the advantage with his generosity. I will miss Arun.

He described Mr Kumar as "very well known" in the area.

Mr Tuapiki said he wasn't surprised to hear the incident was a stabbing, because a youth had been threatening people on the street with a large knife yesterday afternoon, asking for cigarettes.

I am in the area often and it is a long time since I have seen police walking the beat in the area.I walked through the area two weeks ago and was part of Arun's audience for ten minutes, the last time we had a chat. Sometimes it is impossible not to walk the area without being hassled for money by beggars. At the Henderson Mall entrance a couple of hundred meters away from Aron's shop last week I gave a beggar my " don't even try look " he didn't. He walked up to my eldest daughter who was walking beside me and tried to con her.

I can't help but think this would not have happened if our police force would actually do the job we think we pay them to do. Would the NZ Police stop fucking about and wasting our taxpayers money working for the FBI ( an American police organisation ) attempting to secure a few more million for the Hollywood hoodlums by bringing criminal proceedings in New Zealand against Kim Dotcom when those pricks should be paying to bring civil proceedings against him and pay for it themselves. The New Zealand police are fast becoming a joke.

It's understood the Kumars owned the dairy for about five years.

Te Atatu MP, Phil Twyford expressed his deep concern over the stabbing.

"This is an awful tragedy for the family. People involved in small retail businesses are vulnerable to this kind of attack.

"We need to do more about this challenge, but at the moment our thoughts and focus are with the family."

A good man is dead.

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